State of Montana secondary Archives: on Principles & Values


Mark Perea: People in government should speak freely about religion

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, `Keep God in the public sphere`?

A: Individuals and groups within government should be able to speak freely about their religion.

Source: Email interview on 2016 MT Governor's race with OnTheIssues Nov 3, 2015

Conrad Burns: On Abramoff allegations: I never shortchanged my state

Q: Could you explain your relationship with Jack Abramoff, why you accepted campaign donations from them, and whether the Abramoff money affected any of your votes?

BURNS: There we go again - baseless allegations, drummed up in a negative campaign that started almost a year and a half ago. Weíve answered those questions. I know what negative campaigns are. What does [bringing up this issue] do for jobs in Montana? Whatís it do for our learning institutions? It has nothing to do with it. Montanans have always been first in my office. I never shortchanged my state. Never. This is politics in its worst light.

TESTER: What Sen. Burns didnít tell you is that he DID change his vote on the Marianas Island, on slave labor. And he did give a school to the richest tribe in the US. And he did give Jack Abramoff everything he wanted. Youíve cost Montana a lot.

BURNS: All baseless allegations and untruths. This is just a negative campaign and innuendo and thatís all he has to run on.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Jon Tester: Burns changed his votes due to Jack Abramoff donations

Q: Did the Jack Abramoff campaign donations affect any of your votes?

BURNS: Baseless allegations, drummed up in a negative campaign. Weíve answered those questions. Montanans have always been first in my office. These untruths are the only way to challenge your integrity.

TESTER: Several members of Congress have gone to jail because of their connections to Abramoff. Sen. Burns collected more money from Abramoff than anyone else in Congress. What Sen. Burns didnít tell you is that he DID change his vote on the Marianas Island, on slave labor. And he did give a school to the richest tribe in the US. And he did give Abramoff everything he wanted. People in MT expect integrity and honesty. A handshake in this state means something. Your word is your bond. And Sen. Burns has had staff member after staff member go out of your office and become lobbyists, and vice versa. Thatís not representing MT and thatís not right, and we need a change.

BURNS: All baseless allegations and untruths.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

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